Carol R. Clough, 67

Aug 28, 2012

Carol R. Clough, 67, of Cape Elizabeth, formerly of Rockland, passed away in the early morning hours of Aug. 23, 2012, with her husband, Fred, by her side. She was born Feb. 8, 1945, in Waterville to Charles and Mabel Rivers and graduated from Cape Elizabeth High School in 1963.

She completed her undergraduate degree in nursing in 1967 at the University of Maine Orono and was married in Aug. 1967 after a five-year courtship with Fred that began in July 1962. After marrying, they spent three wonderful years in England where their son Fred IV was born in 1969. After moving to California, their son Andrew was born in 1971. After returning to Maine for a time, she moved with her family to Georgetown, Mass., in 1979 where she spent some of the best years of her life over the next 11 years raising her family.

In 1990, she and Fred returned to Maine and built a home on Dodge Mountain in Rockland. In the mid 1990s, she returned to the University of Maine Orono and completed her master's in nursing in 1997, thereafter becoming a family nurse practitioner, a position she held at several locations until she retired from active duty in 2011. In 2012, she and Fred made the decision to return home to Cape Elizabeth where she had grown up and met Fred. They had recently celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary and 50 years of being together.

Carol spent her life caring for and about others. She touched the lives of everyone she met through her kindness and had an enthusiasm about life that made her fun to be around. She knew how to laugh and did so often. She was a realist who embraced life. She made time for the people most important to her and gave them the rare gift of undivided attention and love. She took pride in her home and making her family and friends feel welcome there. Her ability to create beautiful floral arrangements, set a lovely table, and prepare delicious meals made for memorable holidays. An avid gardener, Carol loved flowers, creating and maintaining gardens that rivaled the view beyond on Dodge Mountain. She not only tended to her gardens at home, but explored the geography of the globe. In addition to sailing most of the Maine coast on a boat named Windigo, she traveled extensively abroad with Fred to Iceland, Norway, France, Argentina and England and also with her grade-school friends exploring Italy and Ireland.

She always put the needs of others before her own and had the very special gift of being able to convey the love and emotion she was feeling in a fierce yet warm hug while still taking away some of the pain one was feeling, if necessary. Those who knew Carol will not be able to forget her, for she left an indelible impression.

In addition to her numerous professional accomplishments, she was a member of the Rockland Golf Ladies League with not one, but two holes-in-one to her name. She was a master knitter, loved movies and knew the occasional Bloomin' Onion was good for the soul.

She is survived by her husband, Fred A Clough III, of Cape Elizabeth; sons Fred A Clough IV, and his wife, Deborah L Clough, of Barrington, N.H. and Andrew C Clough of Olso, Norway; granddaughters Emma Bakke Clough and Julia Bakke Clough, also of Oslo, Norway; grandsons Cameron A King and Samuel E Clough, both of Barrington, N.H.; brothers-in-law Jeffory Clough of Rockland, Scott Clough of Litchfield and David Clough and his wife, Sachiko Clough, of Rockland; sisters-in-law Joyce Rivers of Brooklyn, Conn., and Kate Clough of Rumford; nieces Miyoko Taniguchi and Mamiko Taniguchi, both of Manhattan, N.Y., Mikaela Clough of Las Vegas, and Karen Campbell of Garner, N.C.; nephews Ian Clough of Portland and Kotoro Taniguchi of Boston and many friends.

She was predeceased by her father and mother, Charles and Mabel Rivers; a brother, Charles (Skip) Rivers; father-in-law Fred A Clough Jr.; mother-in-law Josephine Clough; sister-in-law Becky Clough; and nephew Mark Rivers.

There are no visiting hours scheduled. Friends and family are invited to a memorial service at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 1, at Jones, Rich & Hutchins Funeral Home, 199 Woodford St., Portland, with the Rev. Jon Twitchell officiating. Interment will be private in the Riverside Cemetery in Cape Elizabeth. Online condolences can be made to the family at www.jonesrichandhutchins.com.

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